There’s not a lot of background to this. Initially, I had a month off work and had planned to get to Spain and cycle the Camino del Cid (The MTB version). Unfortunately, the logistics of getting to Spain (& back!) proved to be too difficult and expensive. Plus, I had other stuff going on that was taking longer than planned. I had a quick look at possible options and decided on the spur of the moment to head to Ireland (home) and back.
It was such a spur of the moment plan that I booked my first ferry about 24 hours before departure and spent all of about 20 minutes plotting the route (https://cycle.travel/map) including downloading it to my gps!
What could possibly go wrong?
This would be a completely different kind of a tour for me.
Normally, I have an outline of a route but expect to wander around as I please. This time, I was under time pressure and had a minimum daily distance I would have to hit. I estimated there was very little wiggle room otherwise i’d be getting stuck somewhere. I’d normally average 80 km per day, but this trip would require a higher daily average. In fact, this is the first tour I’ve ever done that I would be following a route with no allowance to vary off it.
This is also the first long tour I’ve taken with my new toy, the ExtraWheel trailer.
Another difference, is that this is the first tour of my adult life that I’ve taken in a place where they speak the same language as me!